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Zoom at home for me

Omar Mettwely April 30, 2021

I felt confused. My dad told me in April 2018, “ We are going to leave this country, and I’ll let you choose from the available options. The decision is yours. Your choice will determine your future....

Before her Sept. 15 AAA driving lesson, senior Hope Li (left) dons a face mask as her instructor, Daniel Pedraza, takes her temperature in front of the AAA student driver car. Li has been taking lessons since July, following coronavirus precautions like wearing gloves in the car and sitting on a plastic seat cover.

The driving force behind my AAA behind-the-wheel lessons: safety

Hope Li October 14, 2020

Careful not to breathe on the gloved hand pointing the gun at my forehead, I search for a point behind his head — anything but an awkward eye-to-eye stare. I stand still as my pleated cloth mask presses...

Art illustrated by graphics editor Erin Lee. 

May 28: COVID-19 halted my running streak of time spent with Dad

Isaac Choi May 28, 2020

LIVING UNDER THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS This is part of a series of columns from The Accolade staff about their various experiences during the school closure because of the coronavirus pandemic. If you...

Art illustrated by assistant graphics editor Karen Lee. 

May 27: My bucket list once California reaches Stage 4 of stay-at-home order

Isaac Choi May 27, 2020

LIVING UNDER THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS This is part of a series of columns from The Accolade staff about their various experiences during the school closure because of the coronavirus pandemic. If you...

Art by assistant graphics editor Karen Lee.

Unlicensed to drive; how I learned It’s worth starting driver’s ed early

Isaac Choi March 15, 2020

I am currently 16 years old and will be turning 17 by March 27, and I have no driving experience whatsoever -- no learner’s permit or driver’s license. Nothing. I have recently noticed many...

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